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Centre for Professional and Vocational Education, a research centre based at the University of Canberra.


Pay As You Go taxation.


Portable Document Format. A format for publishing documents in such a way that they can be viewed and printed on multiple platforms using the freely available Adobe Acrobat reader.


Public Employment Placement Enterprises.


Public Employment Service.


(Victoria) Office of Post Compulsory Education Training and Employment.


See Primary Recognition Authority.


Post School Destination Program.


Public Service Education and Training Australia.


(New South Wales) Public Sector Industry Training Advisory Body. See also Industry Training Advisory Body.

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Property Services Training Australia, a national industry training advisory body.


The process of grouping competencies in a training package into combinations that represent whole jobs or key functions that are meaningful in the workplace.

Part-time student

A student who undertakes less than the full-time study program.

Part-time worker

A person working less than the normal full-time working hours. The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines part-time workers as: Employed persons who usually worked less than 35 hours per week and who did so during the reference week. Source: ABS, Labour Force, Australia, August 1999, p.71.


Taking part in an activity, e.g. participation in vocational education or training; labour force participation.

Participation rate

The proportion of a defined group of people undertaking a specific activity.


In vocational education and training, an association between a non-registered organisation and a registered training organisation to achieve recognised training.


A password is a sequence of characters used to determine that a computer user requesting access to a computer system has the appropriate authority.


A path or sequence of learning or experience that can be followed to attain competency.

Performance criteria

The part of a competency standard specifying the required level of performance in terms of a set of outcomes that need to be achieved in order to be deemed competent.

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Performance indicator

(Also: performance measure) A criterion or measure for monitoring or evaluating the efficiency or effectiveness of a system or service, that may be used to demonstrate accountability and to identify areas for improvement.


  (International) An institution in some countries offering vocational or higher education courses in technical areas.

Portable skill

A skill or competency that can be transferred from one work context to another.


(Electronic classroom/Internet) The home page of a Web-based educational/educational support system. Portals includes menus, links and buttons to help users navigate to other parts of the system.

Post-compulsory education

  Education beyond the compulsory age prescribed by statute in each State or Territory, including the senior years of secondary schooling, and all higher, further, or other post-secondary education.

Post-secondary education

All education beyond secondary school level, including that delivered by universities, colleges, community providers, etc.

Post-trade course

A course that provides further or more advanced training for qualified tradespersons.

Pre-apprenticeship course

(Also: pre-traineeship course) A course that provides initial training in a particular industry or occupation. Successful completion of the course can assist participants in obtaining an apprenticeship or traineeship, and may enable the term of the apprentice’s training agreement to be reduced.

Preferred supplier arrangement

An arrangement whereby a State training system or other purchaser agrees to buy training from, or give preference to, a specific provider or provider sector.


In vocational education and training, a requirement for admission to a particular course or module, e.g. satisfactory completion of a specific subject or course, at least five years in the workforce, etc.

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Present association

(Auditing/Technical advice) Any association the auditor/technical adviser has, or has had with the training organisation within the 12 months prior to participating in an audit. This could be through association such as previous employment, close collaborative working relationships, provision of funding or grants.

Prevocational course

A course designed to prepare people for vocational education and training or work, including bridging courses, basic literacy and numeracy training, or training in job skills.

Prevocational education

Education preparing students for the world of work, including counselling on career choices, training in general work skills and habits, and work experience.

Primary Recognition Authority

(PRA) The State or Territory recognition authority responsible for registering a training organisation that operates in more than one State or Territory. See also Mutual recognition.

Prior learning

Skills and knowledge acquired from previous study, work, or life experience. See also Recognition of prior learning (RPL).

Private provider

A non-government training organisation, including commercial providers (providing courses to industry and individuals for profit), community providers (non-profit organisations, funded by government or community sponsors), enterprise providers (companies or other organisations providing training mainly for their own employees), and industry providers (organisations providing training to enterprises across an industry). See also Vocational Education and Training Provider.

Professional continuing education

Also called: professional development. Education of adults in professional fields, updating and improving occupational skills, often involving short-term, intensive, specialised courses.

  1. A plan incorporating a set of actions designed to achieve certain outcomes, e.g. labour market programs, the Adult Migrant English Program.
  2. In full, training program. A set of education and training activities designed to achieve a specific vocational outcome, e.g. a course, module (subject), on-the-job training, etc.


See Vocational education and training provider.


(Electronic classroom/Internet) The process of adding content to an Internet or intranet website.

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